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Under the Same Moon [DVD] [Checkpoint; Dual Side; Sensormatic; Widescreen]

  • PG-13
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Director Patricia Riggen delivers a heartwarming debut with UNDER THE SAME MOON. The story of the enduring bond between mother and son, the film stars Kate del Castillo as Rosario, a mother struggling to support her family in Mexico while living illegally in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, her son, Carlitos (Adrian Alonso), is left under the care of his grandmother. But when she dies, nine-year-old Carlitos embarks on a colorful and arduous journey across the border in search of his mother. The script has Carlitos narrowly escaping kidnapping, drug addicts, and Border Patrol workers, aided by the unlikely friendships he forges along the way. As we watch Rosario grapple with life as an illegal immigrant in Los Angeles, Carlitos's optimism and strength of spirit gain him a migrant worker (Eugenio Derbez) as a traveling companion.

    Riggen keeps a potentially depressing topic surprisingly light by including frequent musical interludes, and cinematographer Checco Varese takes care to create a visual journey that's stunning throughout. America Ferrera (UGLY BETTY, REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES) appears in a small role, but it is 13-year-old Alonso who steals the show as the brave, funny, and precocious Carlitos. Apart from the subtitles, the film offers family viewing for parents and children alike. While it touches on timely and pressing issues concerning immigration and discrimination, the film, which won a standing ovation at the Sundance Film Festival, works on a simpler level as well by focusing primarily on the sweet relationship between a mother and her son.
    • Rating - for some mature thematic elements
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2252690

  • Credits
    Eugenio Derbez, Kate Del Castillo, Adrian Alonso, America Ferrera, Jesse Garcia, Maya Zapata, Carmen Salinas
  • Critic Reviews
    3 stars out of 4 -- "[A] powerful and evocative account of the efforts undertaken to forge a perilous mother-and-child reunion....It is a moving tale of yearning, as well as unflagging courage and determination."
    USA Today

    "A director with a talent for putting emotion on film, she knows how to get those tears flowing, both on screen and in the theater."
    Los Angeles Times

    "[M]ostly the movie floats on the sincerity of Alonso as Carlitos..."
    Box Office

    "[T]he director has smuggled us, with no-bull authority, into the rituals, jokes, and survival games of a culture of half-existence: people who live in two places and nowhere at all." -- Grade: A-
    Entertainment Weekly

    "[T]he acting is superb, with Derbez due for special mention....There's something in his bearing and gaze that's appealingly off-kilter..."

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